Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”
John Grisham adaptation checklist:
√ Idealistic, suave protagonist uses shady methods but is redeemed by good intentions.
√ The villain's ultimate sin: Thinking he's above the law.
√ When not ignoring the morality, underline it more than necessary (by turning Dustin Hoffman's character into a bona-fide good guy instead of the lesser evil like in the book).
√ Colorful Southern location to make the tale slightly less boring.
√ Not plot holes so much as gaping plot chasms: Early scenes, character motivations, and entire subplots make no sense in the context of the final revelations.
√ Vaguely positive mention of Southern Baptists.
Yup. "Runaway Jury" got 'em all. It's well-cast, well-acted, well-written, entertaining, and a totally mediocre product. What did you expect, Oscar nominations? It's not boring if you're hard up for something to rent, but you could do a lot better, including both versions of "12 Angry Men."